The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Potential: Buried and Wasted

           I was reminded of Karen Carpenter when reading Becky Povich's blog. (She has music that accompanies her blog, and there was the Carpenters, a blast from the past.) When I was 11 or so, I loved the cool, smooth harmonizing of the Carpenters.  What a voice!

          Then when she died, I was a bit angry.  Having that talent, how could she be so tortured?  Me, who when I sing, cause people to wonder if a cat is caught in the car engine...What would I have done with a voice like that?

         I also bemoan the absence of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Croce and Harry Chapin.  What would our musical world be like if they were still around?

Harry Chapin
photo by RSB Image Works
Janis Joplin
photo by frangeek

        Some of the talent I shake my head about belong to people who are still around, but have been hit with the whacky stick (numerous times).  Robert Downey, Jr. is one.  There was a time when he wandered around, got into a stranger's house and was found, asleep, by the homeowners.  In and out of rehab.  He is such a talented actor---what did he need drugs for?  (However, it looks like he might be on a straighter and more narrow path these days.)

       Whitney Houston is another.  If you ever saw the "reality" show that trailed after Houston and her husband, you know she was far off the whack-a-doo scale. If I had just a small fraction of her singing talent, or her looks...Where would I be now? 

        What writer or performer or artist do you miss the most that is "gone," whether that absence is due to death or drugs or mental illness?  (It could even be someone from a hundred years ago.) 


1 comment:

  1. Hi Sioux! What a surprise to see my name mentioned in this post. Ah, yes Karen Carpenter...what a poor tortured soul. Mental illnesses are so hard to even try to understand...and then there's those with drug addictions...I'm just grateful that I don't have any of those demons! And the first person that popped into my head that I miss would be John Denver. I don't know what kind of man he was in his "later" years, but when he first became famous, he was SO grateful and happy! Many of his songs were so beautiful. (Glad I have an album and CD or two! Thanks for an intriguing post!


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